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Crootin’ Notebook: Son of former All-Pro NFL RB to join South Carolina, Dorian Gerald releases top-12

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The latest Gamecocks football recruiting news, including details on Stephen Davis Jr.’s transfer, updates on a pair of local prospects and the first shortlist from JUCO DE Dorian Gerald.

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Wednesday afternoon the South Carolina Gamecocks landed one of several Auburn transfers they are eyeing this summer with the commitment of Stephen Davis Jr.

After redshirting his freshman year while rehabbing a torn ACL, The State reported that Davis Jr. will enroll at USC for their second summer session beginning June 26.

A former Dutch Fork (Columbia) standout, Davis Jr. was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in South Carolina coming out of high school and is the son of former Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers running back of the same name. The Gamecocks made Davis Jr.’s final two, but ultimately he followed in his father’s footsteps and committed to the Tigers.

Davis Jr. predominantly played safety in high school, but was moved to running back early in his senior season. That year he rushed for 204 yards and scored seven total touchdowns before suffering a season-ending knee injury. While he was listed on Auburn’s roster as a running back, he will likely also be considered at defensive back when he arrives in South Carolina.

Due to NCAA transfer rules Davis Jr. will have to sit out the 2017-18 season. He will also have to join the team initially as a walk-on, as Auburn blocked him from being on scholarship this year at other SEC schools and Clemson.

Irmo duo on campus

Irmo (Columbia) class of 2018 defensive end Trajan Jeffcoat and class of 2019 running back Kentrell Flowers were both on campus Wednesday afternoon for unofficial visits. Neither prospect currently sports an offer from USC, but both are strong candidates to earn one in the coming weeks.

The duo jumped into the spotlight after impressing earlier this month at the EPT Showcase, a skills competition among the top high school prospects in South Carolina. Jeffcoat walked away with defensive MVP honors while Flowers earned MVP recognition among the running backs.

Jeffcoat has said in multiple interviews that a USC offer would put them at the top of his list, but told SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblutt that he would keep his recruitment open in the event he does earn one. However I would be surprised if the Gamecocks offer Jeffcoat and do not land him shortly thereafter.

Both plan on camping in Columbia this Saturday and if they continue to impress will likely leave with a pair of commitable offers.

Dorian Gerald releases top-12

One of the nation’s top JUCO targets, College of the Canyons (California) defensive end Dorian Gerald, narrowed his school list on Wednesday for the first time this summer.

A native of Florence, South Carolina, it was no surprise that the Gamecocks made the shortlist. Gerald has stated on numerous occasions that USC is the only lock among his top schools.

With the majority of the country’s leading programs in his top-12, Gerald is bound to be one of the summer’s most interesting recruiting storylines to watch unfold.